Board game studio Awaken Realms has contracted with GSC Game World to create a board game primarily based on the Stalker universe. The creators are promising to convey the identical atmospheric richness to the board game that followers of the videogame count on. It’s going to launch as a crowdfunding marketing campaign on Gamefound, a typical for the board game trade, someday this spring.
A trailer accompanying the announcement is overlaid with the fanatical voice of a person proclaiming his love for The Zone. Composed principally of small animatic scenes of the Zone itself, the trailer reveals a spooky swamp, discipline of bloody poppies, a bridge being destroyed in an anomaly detonation, a glowing artifact in a tree, and a wierd muddy half-collapsed home.
“I serve her, I look after her, I obtain her items,” says the narrator of the Zone—so, you realize, basic zone fanatic cultist stuff. Most likely not the nice guys.
The board game is described by Awaken as a “cooperative ‘zone-crawling’ story-driven expertise primarily based on tales from the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. Every story will encompass 2-4 situations to play by means of, and gamers ought to count on to spend approx 2 hours per state of affairs.” The outline sounds loads like different trendy miniatures-heavy dungeon crawling board video games, particularly these of the type that Awaken Realms is already recognized for.
The marketing campaign web page and pictures launched by Awaken Realms showcase pre-renders of game elements like miniatures, playing cards, and tokens. The miniatures revealed to date embody a number of Stalkers, a soldier, a gas-masked Snork, a tentacle-faced Bloodsucker, and a hulking Pseudogiant. The miniature renders are fairly detailed, so my guess is that the finals might be a resin of some type.
Awaken Realms is the creator of one of many extra beloved current survival-horror board video games, Nemesis, which holds a really excessive Rank 18 on Boardgamegeek. For as soon as, truthfully, I’ve zero critique of the studio being chosen for a licensed game. Give me my decide, actually, and Awaken Realms is definitely the presently working board game studio I might select to make this game as somebody who loves each Stalker and boardgames, since Awaken Realms is each Eastern European and has a transparent love for the style they’re making right here with a confirmed observe document of delivering enjoyable video games. For the curious on their prior work, Nemesis has a digital adaptation on Steam.
You will discover the pre-project web page for Stalker: The Boardgame on Gamefound, and be taught extra about Awaken Realms on their web site.